David Frederick Sr. was born on April 4, 1801 in Rockland Township, Berks County, PA, the son of George "Adam" and Sarah (Meinder) Friedrich.
He married Rebecca Margaretha "Margaret" Mest (1803-1880), daughter of George Heinrich and Eva Catharina (Mayer) Mest.
Their five known children were Esther Romig, Rebecca Hilbert, David Frederick Jr., Reuben Frederick and Joseph M. Frederick, born between 1828 and 1843.
The Fredericks were farmers made their home next to David's parents in Rockland Township. In 1850, the U.S. census shows that David had an estate valued at $4,000. By 1860, David had become an inn keeper in District Township, with son David Jr. laboring as a carpenter.
David died on Feb. 23, 1866 in Berks County. Burial was in the New Jerusalem Church in Rockland Township.
Rebecca outlived him by 14 years. She died on Aug. 8, 1880.
~ Daughter Esther (Frederick) Romig ~
Daughter Esther Frederick (1826-1870) was born on April 11, 1827.
At the age of 23, she was unmarried and lived at home with her parents.
She wedded John R. Romig (1824-1872).
She died on Jan. 28, 1870 at the age of 43. Burial was in Huff's Union Church Cemetery. Her grave marker was inscribed in the German language. [Find-a-Grave]
Her husband only outlived her by two years. He joined her in death in 1872.
~ Daughter Rebecca (Frederick) Hilbert ~
Daughter Rebecca Frederick (1830-1871) was born on March 19, 1830 in Berks County.
She wed William Hilbert (1827-1911), son of John and Elizabeth (Angstadt) Hilbert. They were farmers, making their home in Rockland Township, Berks County.
The couple produced these known children -- Emeline Hilbert, Eliaabeth Hilbert, William Hilbert, Mary "Polly" Hilbert, James (or "Jaires") Hilbert, Sarah Hilbert, Hannah Hilbert and Katie Hilbert.
When the federal census was taken in 1860, the family resided next door to William's parents in Rockland Township, with 34-year-old William working as a farmer, and 24-year-old tenant John Hilbert earning a living as a day laborer. They also provided a home that year for 14-year-old Franklin Barto, connection unknown. In 1870, still in Lyons, Rockland Township, William and his son William worked together on the family farm.
Rebecca passed away at the untimely age of 41 on April 12, 1871 in Dryville, Berks County.
William survived her by 40 years, and remarried. Suffering from senile disability spanning several months of time, he died on Jan. 21, 1911, just two days shy of his 84th birthday. His remains were placed into eternal rest in the New Jerusalem Cemetery.
Daughter Emeline Hilbert was born in about 1850.
Daughter Elizabeth Hilbert was born in about 1852.
Son William F. Hilbert (1855-1931) was born on Jan. 27, 1855. William married Catharine Moyer (1855-1931), daughter of John and Sarah (Angstad) Moyer. They were farmers and lived in New Jerusalem, PA in 1908, and in Mertztown, Rockland Township in retirement in the early 1930s. William suffered for 14 years from painful chronic rheumatic arthritis. Just two weeks before what would have been his 76th birthday, William suffered a stroke and died on Jan. 13, 1931. Burial was in the New Jerusalem Church Cemetery. Charles Hilbert of Mertztown was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Catharine only survived her husband by seven months. She died in Boyertown, Berks County on Aug. 18, 1931, also of a stroke, at the age of 75. She joined her husband in repose at New Jerusalem Cemetery. Sylvester Hilbert of Boyertown provided personal details for her death certificate.
Daughter Mary "Polly" Hilbert was born in about 1855. She married Orlandus (?), and in 1908 resided in Royertown, PA.
Son Jairus F. Hilbert (1858-1939) was born on Sept. 12, 1858 in New Jerusalem. For many years, starting in about 1886, they dwelled in Pottstown, Montgomery County. Jairus earned a living for 52 years as a harness maker and retired in 1937. He married Emma Seidel (1864-1941), a native of Alsace, Berks County and the daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca Seidel. In the 1930s, they made their residence at 109 High Street in Pottstown. Afflicted with heart and kidney disease, Jairus died at the age of 81 on Nov. 27, 1939. His remains were placed in eternal repose in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Chester County, PA. Charles S. Hilbert of Pottstown signed the death certificate. Herself suffering from kidney and heart problems, Emma only outlived her husband by two years. Her health declined, and she passed on Sept. 12, 1941. She rests beside her husband.
Daughter Sarah F. Hilbert (1863-1908) was born on March 24, 1863 in Rockland Township. She married Mahlon B. Frederick (1860-1945), son of Daniel and Susanna (Breidegam) Frederick. (The two families were close, and Sarah's sister Hannah married Mahlon's brother Ambrose.) In about 1888, Sarah and Mahlon relocated to Reading, and remained there for the rest of their lives, in Mahlon's case, for nearly 60 years. The couple had these children -- Annie Knoll High, Essie Dearolt (or "Dierolf"), Sarah "Sadie" Knoll, Edith Bortz and Charles Henry Fredericks. They made their home at 319 Pear Street. At the age of 45, on Aug. 1, 1908, having suffered for four months from cancer of the stomach and transverse colon, she passed away. Burial was in the Charles Evans Cemetery. An obituary appeared on the front page of the same day's edition of the Reading Eagle. Mahlon survived as a widower for 37 years. He resided at 234 Read Street in Reading, and worked for many years as a linesman and foreman with Bell Telephone Company. Suffering from heart degeneration, hardening of the arteries and other health problems, he died 16 days after his 85th birthday on Sept. 21, 1945. Interment was in Charles Evans Cemetery. Daughter Annie (Mrs. Charles W. Knoll) signed his Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Daughter Hannah Hilbert (1866-1939) was born on Oct. 31, 1866 in Rockland Township, Berks County. On Aug. 16, 1890, when she was age 28 and he 25, Hannah married a presumed cousin, Ambrose Frederick (1865-1926), son of Daniel and Lucian "Lucy" (Breidegam) Frederick. Rev. F.K. Heintzinger officiated under the auspices of the Lutheran Church. At the time, Ambrose was employed as a lineman and lived at 203 North 10th Street in Reading. Of their children, four are known -- Maude Brown, Elmer Frederick, Earl Hilbert Frederick and Ralph H. Frederick. Ambrose continued his employment as a lineman for the rest of his life. In later years, their home was at 736 North 11th Street in Reading. At the age of 60, afflicted with coronary disease and hardening of the arteries, he died on Jan. 18, 1926. His remains were buried at Charles Evans Cemetery. Son Elmer Frederick signed the death certificate. Hannah remained in their home during her 13 years as a widow. Just five days before Christmas 1939, at the age of 73, she expired due to respiratory paralysis and cerebral thrombosis. Burial was with her husband in Charles Evans Cemetery. Signing her official death certificate was Bertha Schoen.
Daughter Katie Hilbert was born in June 1870 in Lyons, Berks County.
~ Son David Frederick ~
Son David Frederick Jr. (1833-1893) was born on April 5, 1833 in Berks County. He was a carpenter, and in 1860 lived with his parents at about the age of 24.
David was joined in marriage in the early 1860s with Amelia Heist (Jan. 27, 1844-1923), daughter of Jacob and Maria (Youse) Heist.
Their one known son was William Frederick.
In 1876, his farm was labeled in his name in a map of the township, published in the Atlas of Berks County.
David passed away two days after his 60th birthday on April 12, 1893. His remains were lowered into the soil of New Jerusalem Church Cemetery. A one-paragraph obituary in the Reading Times said that he was "a well-known citizen of Rockland [and had] died of consumption. He retired from farming a year ago and lived near Fredericksburg. His widow and one son survive." Inscribed on his grave marker was the Bible verse reference Psalm 17:18. The verse reads (King James Version): "Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips."
After his death, daughter-in-law Louisa Frederick sought compensation from the estate for $285 in back wages for work done for him over the previous four years, perhaps in a nursing capacity. Amelia gave testimony, and a referee ruled that there were no grounds to award any payment. The case was reported in the Reading Times.
Amelia lived to the age of 79. She suffered repeated strokes and passed away on June 18, 1923, with interment in New Jerusalem. Amos Breidigam of Mertztown was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Son William Frederick (1865-1894) was born on March 14, 1865 in Berks County. At the age of 22, in 1887, he was united in holy matrimony with Louisa DeLong (April 24, 1863-1948). Their only known son was Jonathan Frederick, born in 1892. Sadly, at the age of 29, William was ravaged by tuberculosis and swept away by the Grim Reaper on Oct. 25, 1894. The next day, their young son, said by the Allentown Democrat to be "a bright little lad," also died from what was called "summer complaint" -- acute diarrhea. Father and son were placed together in one casket and lowered into eternal repose in Rauch Hertzog Cemetery in Huff's Church, Berks County. Rev. D.K. Humbert, of Bower's Station, preached the double funeral. The Democrat said that the funeral "attracted a very large number of people." Louise somehow managed to recover from the tragic loss of husband and son and lived for another half-century. On March 24, 1899, she married her second spouse, widower David Benjamin K. Moyer (1856-1939), son of Isaac and Maria (Kline) Moyer of Longswamp Township, Berks County. He had been married before to her cousin Talara S. Frederick (1849-1894) and brought six known children to the second union -- Alue Moyer, Carolina Schollenberger, Clara F. Boone, Annie Torinda Moyer, Edwin Moyer and Calvin F. Moyer. The couple did not reproduce. They were members of the Lutheran wing of Huff's Church. Sadly, David passed away on July 15, 1939 at their home at Henningsville near Alburtis, Lehigh County. Rev. James N. Blatt of Old Zionsville officiated at the funeral, held at Huff's Church, with burial in the church cemetery.Widowed for a second time, Louise survived for another nine years. On Sept. 5, 1948, at the age of 85, she succumbed in Allentown. She is buried at Huff's Church.
~ Son Reuben Frederick ~
Son Reuben Frederick (1839- ? ) was born in about 1839 or 1841.
Unmarried at the age of 19, in 1860, he resided with his parents in District Township, Berks County.
His fate is lost to us for now.
~ Son Joseph Frederick ~
Son Joseph M. Frederick (1846-1907) was born on April 22, 1842 or May 16, 1846 in Berks County. (Records differ.)
Joseph was married twice. His first bride was Hannah Rothermel Heffner (1848-1881). They were wed on Nov. 16, 1867, when he was age 21 and she 19.
The couple produced these children -- Oscar Frederick, Joseph H. Frederick, Hannah Ellen Moyer, Ida Nora Drey, Emma Veda Frederick, Sarah L. Bieber and Charles Heffner Frederick.
Grief blanketed the family when infant son Oscar died at the age of one on Oct. 4, 1869.
They dwelled on a farm in Dryville, Rockland Township.
Tragically, in July 1881, the 33-year-old Hannah died an accidental and painful death. Said the Reading Times, she "climbed a tree and while standing on a limb, it broke, precipitating her to the ground, a distance of only about eight feet. In falling she sustained a compound fracture of the right arm at the wrist; she died from the effects of the accident" later that week, on or about July 15, 1881.
Joseph lived for another four decades and made his residence on a farm in Rockland. He married his second wife, Susanna Heffner (Dec. 16, 1856-1899).
They bore six more children of their own -- Agnes H. Frederick, David H. Frederick, Katie H. Frederick, Cora H. Frederick, Elsie H. Frederick and Annie M. Ott. The Fredericks lived in Richmond Township, Berks County circa 1884 when their daughter Agnes was born.
Joseph became widowed a second time when Susanna passed away at age 42 on Aug. 23, 1899. Burial was in New Jersusalem Cemetery in Fleetwood, Berks County.
He lived alone for another eight years. At the age of 65, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Berks County on May 25, 1907. His remains were lowered into rest at the New Jerusalem Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] Daughter Agnes Frederick, of New Jerusalem, was the informant for the death certificate. Amos F. Breidigam and David H. Frederick served as co-administrators of the estate. Since the youngest three children Cora, Elsie and Annie were legally underage, the Pennsylvania Trust Company was assigned as their guardian. News of the estate was published periodically in the Times.
Son Joseph H. Frederick (1869-1903) was born on April 6, 1869 in Rockland Township, Berks County. He was wedded twice. In June 1888, he married his first bride, Catharine Temillia Brintzeghoff (Nov. 23, 1873-1893), daughter of Frank H. and Sarah Elizabeth (Kutz) Brintzeghoff of Dryville, Berks County. During their brief lives together, the couple were the parents of two children -- a son and Vesta Ida Victoria Schade. They were members of the Dryville Union Sunday School. Sadly, Catharine became ill in the spring of 1891 but seemed to recover by late summer. Then in the spring of 1893, she came down with tuberculosis and went to her parents' home for nursing care. Another recovery was not to be. She died at age 19 years, six months on May 23, 1893. Burial was in Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dryville, with an obituary printed in the Reading Times. Joseph spent the next two years as a widower. In 1895, he was joined in wedlock with his second spouse, Caroline (Frey) Fox (March 10, 1856-1911), daughter of Jacob and Catharine (Herzog) Frey of Longswamp Township. They had a daughter of their own, Katie Henning. At the age of 33, Joseph contracted typhoid fever and tried to recuperate at his home in Fredericksville. Unable to recover, he died in late May or early June 1903. An obituary was published in the Times, which said he was "survived by his wife, father, two brothers, three sisters and several step-sisters." Caroline outlived her husband by eight years with an address of 1635 Moss Street. Suffering from fibroids and cysts in her ovaries, she underwent surgery in St. Joseph's Hospital in Reading. She went into post-operative shock and succumbed on Nov. 12, 1911 at the age of 55. Funeral services were held at her home, led by Rev. W.H. Warmkessel. Said the Times, "The body was attired in a black silk dress and rested in a square oak casket. The body was shipped on a special car to Lyon's Station and further services were held in New Jerusalem." Burial was in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery. Jacob Watson of the home signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.
Daughter daughter Hannah "Ellen" Frederick (1872-1948) was born on Oct. 5, 1872 in Rockland Township, Berks County. In 1894, when she was about 21 or 22 years old, she married 24-year-old Wilson R. Moyer (1870-1932). They bore three known children -- William Oscar Moyer, Eva Vada Griffith and Harvey Reuben Moyer. Wilson made his home in 1932 in Drysville. On July 17, 1932, he was visiting his married daughter Eva Griffith and her husband Chester in Staten Island, NY, when he succumbed in their home at the age of 62. An obituary in the Reading Times did not name Ellen but noted that sone William and Harvey were living near Boyertown and that he also was survived by sisters Mrs. Edwin Romig, Mrs. John Reese and Mrs. Jacob Wentzel. In about 1945, Ellen moved to a new home in rural Kutztown, Berks County. She suffered a heart attack and succumbed at the age of 75 on May 18, 1948. Son Harvey of Kutztown signed the death certificate, and burial was in New Jerusalem Cemetery
Daughter Ida Nora Frederick (1874-1959) was born on Oct. 13, 1874 in Rockland Township, Berks County. When she was 29 years of age, in about 1902, she wedded 23-year-old William W. Drey (March 30, 1881-1961), a native of Fleetwood, Berks County and the son of Nicholas and Catharine Sevilla (Weidner) Drey. The couple were farmers and made a home in Fleetwood (circa 1926), Rockland Township (1930) and Mertztown. They produced these known children -- Edna Mae Noll, Charles Frederick Drey, Elsie Margaret Boyer, Carrie Ann Breidegam, Lester F. Drey and Dorothy Georgine Keller. While driving in their automobile in early October 1928, Ida and William and their daughter Dorothy were nearly killed "when their machine upset," said the Reading Times. "Mr. Drey sustained internal injuries, while the others are suffering from shock." Grief swept over the family on March 6, 1942 when their married son Lester, employed as a guard, died in a coma at the age of 28, having been stricken with chronic kidney and hypertension. William died at the age of 79 on March 21, 1961. The Grim Reaper cut her away at the age of 84 on March 7, 1959. They are interred in Christ Mertz Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dryville, Berks County.
Daughter Emma Veda Frederick (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876 in Rockland Township, Berks County.
Daughter Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" Frederick (1878-1956) was born on Sept. 5, 1878 in Rockland Township, Berks County. In about 1904, the 26-year-old married Dewalt K. Bieber (July 18, 1878-1956), son of Abraham and Mary (Keller) Bieber of Oley Township. His name also has been spelled "Dewaldt." They were longtime farmers. Their home in the 1950s was at 3312 Rosedale Avenue in Laureldale, Berks County. Dewalt was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in about 1950-1951. She suffered heart failure and contracted bladder cancer and died at the age of 78 on Oct. 17, 1956 in Laureldale, Berks County. She rests in Friedens Church Cemetery in Oley, Berks County. After her death, Dewalt became malnourished and was admitted to Berks County Hospital, where he died less than a month after her on Nov. 15, 1956. Anna Merkel of Lyons, PA was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Friedens Cemetery in Oley
Son Charles Heffner Frederick (1881-1963) was born in about 1881 in Rockland Township, Berks County. He died in 1963.
Daughter Agnes H. Frederick (1884-1959) was born on Jan. 16, 1884 in Richmond Township, Berks County. She never married. Agnes supported herself over the years as a dressmaker. She also taught other young women the art of her craft, including Ellen H. Ruppert circa 1912. After the untimely death of Agnes' sister Annie Ott in 1918, Agnes received a payment from the estate in the sum of $91.01. In about 1933, she relocated from Reading to Wyomissing, Berks County, where she and her unmarried sister Cora lived at 1268 Penn Avenue and spent the remaining years of her life. Circa 1935-1940, federal census records show that Agnes' married sister Eleanor Fenstermacher and Elsie Krause and their husbands and families also lived in the household. Agnes was diagnosed with cancer of her left chest in about 1956. She endured the illness for two years until death cut her away on Oct. 3, 1958, at the age of 74. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in New Jerusalem Cemetery.
Son Rev. David H. Frederick (1885-1957) was born on Sept. 30, 1885 in Rockland Township, Berks County. He was joined in marriage with Sarah G. Rhoads ( ? - ? ), daughter of Charles H. Rhoads. David was a longtime pastor of the St. Stephen's Lutheran Church of Bethlehem, Northampton County. In 1926, he and Sara were plunged into mourning when her father, a well-known insurance broker in Reading, tried to dodge a trolley and was struck by a taxicab and died after seven weeks of suffering. He was active in the Allentown Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania and in April 1937, at the organization's meeting at St. Jacob's Church in Jacksonville, Lehigh County, was elected secretary-treasurer. In the mid-1950s, they made a home at 1547 Center Street in Bethlehem. Stricken with cancer, he passed into eternity on Nov. 3, 1957. His remains were lowered into rest in Charles Evans Cemetery.
Daughter Katie H. Frederick (1887-1973) was born on Sept. 28, 1887. At the passing of her sister Annie Ott in 1918, Katie received a payment from the estate in the amount of $91.02. She was united in matrimony with Charles Irvin Fenstermacher (Oct. 4, 1887-1981), son of John K. and Catherine (Bieber) Fenstermacher of Rockland Township. They were the parents of Eleanor Jane Fenstermacher, Wayne C. Fenstermacher and Mary L. Fuhrmann. During the timeframe 1935-1940, the Fenstermachers shared a home with Katie's sisters Agnes, Cora and Elsie in Wyomissing, Berks County. Charles supported the family in 1940 through his work as a "common carrier" for a hauling business in Wyomissing. Their later years were spent in Little Neck, Queens County, NY. Sadly, at the age of 85, Katie succumbed on April 4, 1973. Her remains were transported to her home community to rest in the New Jerusalem Cemetery. Charles survived his wife by eight years. He returned to Reading and succumbed there at the age of 93 on June 17, 1981.
Daughter Cora H. Frederick (1889-1967) was born on Sept. 29, 1889. Evidence suggests that she was single for her entire life. She was age 29 at the time her married sister Annie Ott died in 1918, and received a bequest from the estate in the amount of $91.01. In about 1933, she relocated from Reading to Wyomissing, Berks County, where she and her unmarried sister Agnes lived at 1268 Penn Avenue. Circa 1935-1940, federal census records show that Cora's married sister Eleanor Fenstermacher and Elsie Krause and their husbands and families also lived in the household. Cora earned a living in 1940 as a "seamer" for a hosiery mill in Wyomissing. She died on May 20, 1967. Her remains are in eternal repose in New Jerusalem Cemetery in Fleetwood, Berks County.
Daughter Elsie H. Frederick (1891-1975) was born in 1891. She received a bequest of $91.01 from the estate of her late sister Annie Ott circa 1919. In about 1924, at the age of 33, she was joined in holy wedlock with 38-year-old Samuel F. Krause (Nov. 25, 1886-1954), a native of Zieglerville, Montgomery County, PA, and the son of Noah W. and Sarah S. (Faust) Krause. News of their marriage license was published in the Reading Times. At the time, he was a resident of Perkiomenville, PA. During World War I, he had served as a wagoner with the U.S. Army's 33rd M.G. Battalion. The couple bore two known children -- Walter Elwood Krause and Patricia Ann Krause. During the years 1935-1940, the Krauses shared a home with Elsie's sisters Agnes, Cora and Katie in Wyomissing, Berks County. Samuel worked as a handyman for the Borough of Wyomissing circa 1940. They were members of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Samuel was gathered in by the Grim Reaper at the age of 67, in Wyomissing, on Nov. 12, 1954. Elsie passed away in 1975, at the age of about 83 or 84. Her remains rest in New Jerusalem Cemetery. Son Walter lived in or around Lincoln Park, Berks County. He died at the age of 79 on St. Patrick's Day 2005. Interment was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County.
Daughter Annie M. Frederick (1894-1918) was born on May 20, 1894. At the age of 22, in 1916, she married Sylvanus H. Ott (Feb. 6, 1894-1918), son of Harvey and Elizabeth (Heckman) Ott. The couple did not reproduce. Sylvania was employed as a clerk with the Metropolitan Electric Company and was a member of the Knights of Malta. He and Annie belonged to the Hope Lutheran Church. Their address in 1918 was 205 Schuylkill Avenue in Reading. Sadly, at the age of about 24, she contracted typhoid fever and succumbed on Oct. 9, 1918. He only lived for another five days and, stricken at home with bronchial pneumonia, joined her in eternity on Oct. 14, 1918. In an obituary, the Reading Times said he was survived by his parents, brothers Titus Ott and Elmer Ott and sisters Elizabeth Ott, Eva Ott and Martha Cruthammer. They rest together in New Jerusalem Church Cemetery. David H. Frederick was named administrator of the estate, and in 1919 distributed cash to Annie's heirs and siblings Agnes H. Frederick, Katie H. Frederick, Cora H. Frederick and Elsie H. Frederick.